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Sea Lion Caves

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No Sea Lions

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
travelwriter52
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Conyers, GA
Fun stop on our Oregon Coast trip

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932...more
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered me a rain check to come back within 12 months, so I went down and looked at the cave, even though there was nothing in there....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at stop at least once! And even though I'm not a gift shop person, their gift shop had great yard art of sea creatures - love this...More

Thank debbiemX1405UB
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sea Lion Caves is a wonderful place to stop on Highway just south of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. They have a wonderful gift shop with fudge sampling and a trip down to view the seals in the cave is worth the time and entertaining...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited this location numerous times since 1991. Our latest visit was the first during the fall season and the only time there were not hundreds of sea lions. It did have the benefit of no stench which is quite prevalent in the cave...More

Thank haveboozewilltravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Sea Lion Caves twice before, once in April and once in October, and both times there were sea lions in the caves. Fun experience riding the elevator through the rock and the cave is enormous. If you've never been inside a cave...More

Thank Cheryl R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ticket collector is very clear about what will be seen (or not). During our visit there were no sea lions in the cave but it was still a worthwhile visit. They discount the pricing depending on cave conditions and are still a tad expensive...More

Thank LaurenM287
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is good for the views both above and underground. If the sea lions are in the cave it can be crowded with people. If the sea lions are out to sea the gift shop will offer you a discounted ticket to still explore...More

Thank Hazel W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I could stand a watch these guys all day! Parking is limited here unless you want to cross the scary highway - also it was very windy that day - definitely head down into the caves! Spent about 1-1/2 hours here. We watched two bulls...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If the sea lions are out to sea, do not waste your time and money. Very disappointing. No staff on duty to engage with guests or answer questions anout cave. Gift shop sells items under false pretense. I have $50 worth of glass with claims...More

Thank KarlaJoW
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

If you want to see sea lions, this is your place. Be warned, the smell is not good, really not good.

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purpleroses6869
13 September 2018|
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Response from Kitty B | Reviewed this property |
It is a cave, but will be windy and cold. The roads are very narrow and winding, so with the rain and wind can be dangerous traveling. The sea lions are now year round residents, so there should be some taking their leisure.
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Shma77
28 May 2018|
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Response from di0uf | Reviewed this property |
Cloudy...they are inside the cave...they are a bachelor group that didn't find a mate...so they lolll around and eat and sun.Bring coats....even in full sun the wind off the ocean is @ 50 DEGREES and 10-25 mph
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Soph851
8 October 2017|
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Response from david d | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More
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